The Middle Eastern airline executives who just ordered a couple hundred 777X jets from Boeing have some advice for the company: Build it in one place, in your own facilities, and don’t rely on a complex international outsourcing system for major pieces like you did with the much-delayed 787.
Emirates CEO Tim Clark, now the plane’s biggest customer, told the Wall Street Journal:
All we said to [Boeing] was, ‘Please don’t do to 777X what you did to the … Don’t do that to us.
Qatar Airways Chief Executive Akbar Al Akbar likewise told the Journal that “frankly, we would rather everything was built in one place, and I think Boeing from the 787 experience have learnt a lesson.”
Boeing is currently studying where to build the 777X and its big carbon fiber wing, after Puget Sound-area Machinists rejected a proposed 8-year contract extension that bundled guarantees about building the plane here with substantial cuts in future pay and benefits.